Interim Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Julie Ford

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Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is pleased to introduce Dr. Julie Ford as the interim superintendent for the school district, beginning on July 1. She will serve in this role for the school district until Dr. Charles Foust begins his role as superintendent of KCKPS.

Dr. Ford has spent more than 37 years in education.  She has served as a paraprofessional, teacher, principal, staff development coordinator, director of instruction, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent in Garden City, Kansas, her hometown.  She had various positions in Tulsa, OK., Norman, OK., Canyon, TX., and Trinidad, CO. 

Dr. Ford was director of the Title Program and Services at the Kansas State Department of Education and spent her last five years in education as Topeka Public Schools superintendent, retiring in 2016.  

She has been married to her husband John for 42 years and has three children and five grandchildren. 

Her positive outlook is reflected in her personal mission to “expect the best, see the good, believe and help in any way I can.”



Incoming Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Charles Foust

Dr. FoustThe Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Foust has been named superintendent of schools for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS).

Dr. Charles Foust, Chief School Performance Officer from Union County Public Schools (UCPS), is described as a leader in transformational education, guiding leaders to improve education so students receive a quality education daily. 

Dr. Foust is a certified practicing leader with hands-on experience developing staff, teachers and school leaders, guided by the conviction that leading is about simultaneously improving individual lives, transforming systems and in turn, achieving lasting social and academic change.

Before coming to UCPS, Dr. Foust was a school support officer for Houston Independent School District. In his role, he supervised, coached and mentored principals as well as managed programs that improved math and reading, reduced retentions and dropouts while increasing graduates, and increased the number of effective teachers.

Dr. Foust also served as a principal (middle and elementary), assistant principal (middle and elementary) and curriculum facilitator (high school). He has several years of experience in the classroom, having taught at the elementary and university and community college level.

Dr. Foust received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a master’s degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctoral degree in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston.

Prior to joining UCPS, he coached and supervised principals at the elementary and secondary levels.  He led Brooks Global Studies to become one of the top performing elementary schools within Guilford County Schools in North Carolina.  Brooks Global Studies is a school that focuses on diverse cultures and prepares students to be knowledgeable citizens of a global society.  He has been an assistant principal (elementary and middle), magnet school coordinator (elementary), curriculum facilitator (high school), elementary teacher (5th and 4th grades), and tutor (reading, algebra and geometry).

Under Foust’s leadership, schools have become top performing, moving from low-performing while closing the achievement gaps.  He has restructured strategic plans to target a set of high-impacted priorities, among them: design a more effective, performance-driven, student-centered educational system in his schools.  He meets with assistant principals within his schools quarterly to develop the next generation of school leaders. 

Foust was a highly effective principal in high-performing and turnaround schools. He led Fondren Middle School to become one of the top performing Apollo Middle schools in Houston Independent School District. Under his leadership, the school received several state distinctions in the first year.  He led the school through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme process, receiving authorization and becoming a fully accredited program within the three years as a turnaround principal. Additionally, the school became a Steven Covey- Leader In Me School.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Foust on his new position with the school district.